Last week CargoForwarder Global reported extensively on DHL’s new state-of-the-art cargo handling facility at Leipzig Airport.
An impressive program and development which is aimed at trying to se-cure DHL’s global position as a leading package delivery company.
Now, FedEx has revealed plans to do the same, but on a somewhat larger scale, at their Paris hub. Is this also food for thought for others to gain a piece of the cake? There are some indications that Chinese giant Alibaba is interested in taking over European package handler DPD. Just a rumor or is there more to it?
Germany’s Board of Airline representatives - BARIG, underlined the im-portance of the air cargo industry in the country having a proper and ideal infrastructure if it is to remain
competitive and attractive to clients in the fu-ture.
This applies specifically to Frankfurt Airport, Germany’s largest and one which “still” moves most tonnage. Read more>
Australian producers of top-end foods, ranging from lobsters to cherries, run the risk of potentially losing hundreds of millions of dollars in sales, because of an unprecedented lack of uplift from Australia to major destinations in Asia. Read more>
With a fleet of more than 90,000 pallets and containers, Jettainer is one of the world’s largest providers of ULD management. The company claims to be responsible for about 12% of the global ULD fleet across the entire aviation industry. That leaves a high growth potential in this market, as most of the airlines are still managing their ULDs in-house. Because the air cargo cost pressure is high and the growth stagnating, the ULD management expert sees promising opportunities in freight and baggage containers for passenger airlines.
In a press briefing as a side event of the 33rd International Supply Chain Conference in Berlin, Jettainer told CargoForwarder Global about their ambitious plans for the coming years. “We have set ourselves ambitious yet realistic growth targets for 2020. And the current market developments prove our decisions right,” said Carsten Hernig, Managing Director of Jettainer GmbH. The company has recently welcomed two new customers, and another airline is soon to be launched. Read more>
ZTO Express Inc., a major Chinese logistics company, is planning a US initial public offering (IPO) that could be the biggest U.S. listing by a Chinese company since e-commerce giant
Alibaba's US$25 billion IPO, according to press reports.
Alibaba is one of ZTO's major customers, while it also counts Chinese online retail giant JD.com Inc. among its clientele. Read more>
Work for the expansion of DHL Express’s new Benelux hub at Brus-sels Airport hub is well on its way, says Roy Hughes, Executive Vice President, Network Operations & Aviation, DHL Express Europe.
“The building is there,” says Roy. “We are now installing the mechanical handling and we are expecting the opening in May or June 2017.”
This mechanical system will not be the same one that has been installed in Leipzig, Roy concedes. “This a pioneering piece of equipment. We are preparing Brussels in such a ways that the same technology can be put in it eventually.” Read more>
The Xiamen-based aircraft conversion division of Hong Kong aircraft engineering firm HAECO, has redelivered its first Boeing 757-200 passenger-to-freighter conversion aircraft to China Postal Airlines, China Aviation Daily reported. Read more>
Leading footwear and apparel brand Timberland has signed a partnership deal with Singapore Post’s (SingPost) SP eCommerce to launch its first official e-commerce store in Southeast Asia.
The online store, www.shop.timberland.com.sg, which went live this month, will use SP eCommerce’s expertise in order management systems, digital marketing, store operations, and customer care to grow Timberland’s business and drive the acquisition of new customers. Fulfillment of online orders will also be handled across Singapore through SingPost’s last-mile distribution network. Read more>
Zurich-headquartered Swissport International joins forces with the Muscat-based Al Jarwani Group (AJG). Both companies intend to collaborate closely for kicking off Swissport's new operation at Muscat Int'l Airport after the Swiss company has been awarded the second ground handling license.
The joint venture agreed between both parties was inked yesterday (18th Oct) in Muscat. According to Swissport, the step not only demonstrates the ground service provider's commitment to the Gulf region, but also to Oman as an emerging regional aviation hub. Read more>
Air India Sats Airport Services (Aisats), the 50:50 joint venture between National Aviation Company India Limited (NACIL) and Singapore's air service provider SATS, has started trial operations of the Aisats Coolport. Read more>
The express pillar of Deutsche Post celebrated the inauguration of a huge new sorting terminal at Leipzig -Halle Airport. The €230 million investment ups the total processing capacity to 150,000 shipments per hour or 42 every single second. On the occasion, the integrator introduced a new conveyer technology, enabling the automated handling of items weighing up to 170 kilograms, thus stepping directly into the classic cargo airline business. Read more>
‘Up-and Down’ - that’s maybe the best way to describe developments in the air cargo industry during the first six months of 2016.
One crisis followed another, be it in the Far East, America or Europe and these global economic and political shifts left air cargo carriers, shippers and agents with the uncertainty of what 2016 would bring.
Luckily, a moderate fuel price helped many carriers to hold results somewhere near a break-even level. On the other hand, some were not so lucky and continued down the road with bad results. Read more>
The Dutch freight carrier has initiated a pilot scheme for faster data processing of air freight shipments and enhanced flows of goods between Frankfurt Rhine-Main airport and Amsterdam Schiphol. It’s an initial step with much more to come, connecting different stations with the airline’s central AMS hub, announces KLM Cargo’s CEO Marcel de Nooijer in an exclusive interview with CargoForwarder Global.
The first test run operated last week went “according to our expectations,” says Marcel. However, to gain sufficient data and valid results, the trial phase for hauling goods from Frankfurt to Schiphol fast, reliable and steadily will last 6 months, ending in April 2017. He points out that the project, supported by the Dutch government and driven by smart data exchange, is fully in line with the objectives of the ‘Schiphol 2020 Mainport Program’ aimed at making the gateway the smartest airport in the world.
Air Berlin and TUIfly are in advanced negotiations to join forces, becoming a leading European leisure carrier. Main orchestrator behind the scenes is AB’s major stakeholder (29.2%) Etihad Airways that is eager to find a solution for ending its costly Air Berlin adventure. However, TUIfly pilots and cabin crews are fiercely opposing the project. Read more>
The Russian airports have not been having an easy time for the past couple of years.
This applies especially to the cargo tonnage throughput which has been seriously hampered by the long list of sanctions imposed on Russia as a result of the Crimean crisis.
The same applies in part for the passenger handling as Russian tourists shied away from foreign travel and as traffic to Turkey dried up overnight when Putin introduced a veto on travel there. Read more>